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Cal Poly Recognizes Six Outstanding Graduates from the Class of 2020

Jun 8, 2020

‘Great Grads’ Reflect on Their Achievements, Goals, Struggles, and Futures

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Learn by Doing experience at Cal Poly is a recipe for graduates’ future success. With hands-on classrooms, labs and projects; supportive extracurricular opportunities; and cross-disciplinary learning aimed at enabling problem solving and innovation, Cal Poly graduates are primed to make an immediate difference in the world. 

Cal Poly Joins Network of Leading Universities to Help Ensure Technology Creates Public Benefit

Jun 8, 2020

Funding from Public Interest Technology University Network Available Through Cal Poly Internal Competition 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has joined the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), a partnership that fosters collaboration between universities and colleges committed to building the nascent field of public interest technology and training a new generation of civic-minded technologists.

Cal Poly Engineering Students and Faculty Recreate Campus on Minecraft for Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Jun 4, 2020

 CSSE students will attend a virtual graduation ceremony at a recreated version of Spanos Stadium on Minecraft. Students and faculty will continue to build their virtual campus until graduation.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students and faculty are recreating the university’s campus on Minecraft so the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department can hold a virtual graduation ceremony at Spanos Stadium this month.

Cal Poly Choirs to Present Virtual Concert on June 8

May 26, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs will present a virtual concert that will include a special set to recognize graduating seniors at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8.

The choirs will perform selections they have been working on through online rehearsals this quarter and works they were going to perform at the Winter Concert, which was canceled due to the shelter-in-place order. There will also be a post-concert talk.

Cal Poly Announces Virtual Summer Accelerator Programs for 2020 Cohort

May 26, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — As California universities take their classes, incubator programs and even graduation ceremonies virtual, Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is also taking its signature 12-week summer HotHouse Accelerator program virtually with eight new startups.

Media Alert — Cal Poly Thanks Health Care Workers, Other Essential Employees with ‘Light It Blue to Thank You’ Effort

May 22, 2020

The Grand Avenue entrance to Cal Poly is illuminated with blue lights to thank health care and other essential workers.
What: In an effort to recognize and thank all health care workers who have been providing support, guidance and care for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other essential employees, several buildings and landmarks on the Cal Poly campus will be illuminated with blue light starting tonight (Friday, May 22). 

The lights also symbolize appreciation for everyone who helped prepare the county’s Alternate Care Site at the ASI Recreation Center on campus; the more than 600 community medical volunteers who are signed up and trained to run the ACS if it’s ever needed to treat COVID-19 patients; and about 50 additional county personnel who work occasionally at the ACS or perform an administrative function.

The lights also recognize the many “essential personnel” who continue to keep the university’s campus clean, safe and operational for students and staff during this pandemic challenge, as well as those serving the entire San Luis Obispo county community. 

Cal Poly Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty, Staff and Students Produce Hand Sanitizer for Campus Use

May 20, 2020

Biochemistry major Julia Gibbs, left, with chemistry assistant professor Scott Eagon, prepare to produce hand sanitizer in Cal Poly’s Baker Center for Science and Mathematics on May 15, 2020.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — When hand sanitizer started flying off local shelves about two months ago, Cal Poly chemistry assistant professor Scott Eagon decided to turn a difficult situation into a hands-on learning opportunity for several students, and help the community in the process.

“There have been times recently when it’s been difficult to obtain sanitizer, and we wanted to help the local community as much as possible,” said Eagon, who led a group of students and staff in producing two kinds of hand sanitizer for Cal Poly’s campus community.

Cal Poly Study Finds Online Exercise Information Often Inaccurate

May 14, 2020

Much of the free advice online doesn’t follow national guidelines

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The shelter-at-home order has turned many fitness-minded people into their own personal trainers, scouring the internet for the best information on how to stay physically fit. However, a new Cal Poly study finds that much of the online advice could be more helpful if it adhered more closely to national physical activity guidelines.

Cal Poly’s ‘RSVP XXV: Call and Response’ to be Presented in Virtual Episodes June 4-6

May 11, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department’s student production ensemble RSVP will present “RSVP XXV: Call and Response” in three video episodes starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 4-6.

Cal Poly Names Michigan State University Dean as New Provost

May 6, 2020

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean and professor of MSU’s Honors College, Will Join Cal Poly on Aug. 1

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean and professor of MSU’s Honors College
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly today announced the appointment of Michigan State University dean and professor Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore as its new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Jackson-Elmoore will begin her new role at Cal Poly on Aug. 1.

Jackson-Elmoore is currently dean of the Honors College at MSU and a professor with affiliations in the School of Social Work and the Global Urban Studies Program. She also currently co-chairs a university level Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and is a presidential appointee to MSU's Strategic Planning Committee.

At Cal Poly, Jackson-Elmoore will oversee the Academic Affairs division, which includes the university’s six colleges, along with the international and extended education programs, the Kennedy Library and the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity. In addition, she shares oversight of research and economic development; graduate education; financial aid; the registrar; admissions; and enrollment.


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